Peacefully, in the early morning of August 25, 2022 at the age of 86.
Born in Toronto, Gurney was the son of the late William and Frances Watson, and stepson of the late Peter Smellie. Predeceased by his sister Lynn Watson Foss. He is survived by his half-brother Jim Smellie (Cathy); his nieces Heidi Foss and Sylvia Walker (Charles); his nephews Greg Foss (Julie), Rod Foss (Dominique), Alan Smellie (Alexandra) and 9 grand-nieces and nephews.
Gurney was educated at Trinity College School and Ashbury College and subsequently earned his commerce degree from McGill University in 1958. Several university summers were spent as a night auditor at the Banff Springs Hotel, which allowed for lots of early morning and late afternoon golf, and a much-improved handicap! He loved the game, enjoyed the Royal Ottawa and National Golf Clubs, and many golf trips to sunny climates with good friends.
After McGill, Gurney headed for the stock market. He was an early advocate of the discipline of Technical Analysis to evaluate investments - a hard sell on Bay Street - but he was an ardent practitioner and good salesman! He travelled widely preaching the benefits of his work, which has become well-accepted. He had a substantial following during his 40+ years on Bay Street, working for several firms, latterly with Merrill Lynch.
Special thanks to the staff of Hawthorne Place, who cared for Gurney through the COVID pandemic, and to the medical team at Humber River Hospital.
The family will gather privately at Mount Pleasant Cemetery to inter his ashes in the Gurney family plot. Condolences may be made through www.mountpleasantgroup.com.